Psychological effects in adults from types of exposure to corporal punishment in school

Curtis Hickson, Tennessee State University


The use of corporal punishment in schools is identified as a controversial practice. This study examines the question of how the experience of school-based corporal punishment is related to psychological well-being in adulthood. Negative effects for students who have experienced school-based corporal punishment are prevalent; however, more research needs to be completed to examine the effects into adulthood. The instruments used to assess well-being include a overall score for the Aggression Questionnaire and a modified version of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule. The study used a survey approach to assess differences between three groups: (a) experienced school-based corporal punishment, (b) witnessed school-based corporal punishment, and (c) neither experienced nor witnessed school-based corporal punishment. A multivariate analysis of variance found that there was no significant difference between the corporal punishment groups.

Subject Area

Behavioral psychology|Educational psychology|Public policy

Recommended Citation

Curtis Hickson, "Psychological effects in adults from types of exposure to corporal punishment in school" (2015). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI10003141.